Europe`s tides may be turning against mass immigration

If the immigration
invasion of Europe—and the
United States—is going to be halted, it may be in
Italy that the line is finally drawn. There, new
legislation ordering the expulsion of some 300,000

North African illegal aliens
has the support of the
government and is perhaps as close as a European
government has ever come in recent history to ridding
itself of the hordes that don`t belong there.

Earlier this year the New York

that a wave of popular opposition to the
mass immigration of Third World aliens into European
nations is driving the whole continent to the political
right. Actually, the direction may not be so much to the
"right" as simply towards positions that ought to be
neither right nor left—controlling who enters the nation
and whether the nation itself will continue to exist. If that`s
"right," then there`s little doubt that the political
future belongs to it.

As Pat Buchanan
emphasizes in his recently published, best-selling

Death of the West
, Europeans are a dying breed.
They`re simply not having the children to replace
themselves, and in Italy, the prospect of the Italian
people actually becoming extinct is very real. "Italy`s
birthrate has been below replacement levels for 25 years
and is down to 1.2 children per woman," Mr. Buchanan
writes, and he quotes

another journalist
as commenting that the falling
birthrate there "means that Italy will be a theme park
in a few generations."

What exactly the theme will be
isn`t clear yet, but it probably won`t be drawn from the
glories of Italy`s past from the

Roman Republic
to the Renaissance. Given the flood
of non-European immigrants pouring into the country, the
theme may more likely be the
life and times of Mohammed and the miracles of the
Muslim conquests.

The bill aimed at illegals doesn`t
really speak to what is essentially a cultural problem
that arises wherever Third World immigration occurs, but
it does suggest that a ball against immigration is
starting to roll within establishment political circles.
The bill, backed by the government of Italian Prime
Minister Silvio Berlusconi, is moving through
parliament. It would simply expel some 300,000 aliens
who entered Italy illegally and lack the legally
required work permits. What is driving the bill is not
so much what is usually dubbed "anti-immigrant
sentiment" but rather the aftermath

of Sept. 11.

There was no massive terrorist
attack in Italy, of course, but Italians no doubt have
clear and unpleasant memories of the

Red Brigade terrorism
of the 1970s and `80s that
murdered a good portion of the country`s political
elite. The Red Brigades are gone, but the Muslims have
just arrived, and Italian authorities have already
rounded up dozens of immigrants suspected of terrorist
ties to Al Qaeda. Some are accused of forging false
documents for Muslim terrorists to use in Europe, and
the U.S. embassy has publicly warned that the

Islamic Cultural Center in Milan
is an

actual base
for Osama bin Laden`s terrorist network.

Despite the

massive opposition
of the political left and the
immigrants themselves, the bill for expelling immigrants
is likely to be enacted. That by itself doesn`t mean
that the government will follow it up with other
measures to halt legal immigration, let alone that other
nations will follow its example, but it might.  So far
immigration restriction has been mainly associated in
Europe with fringe parties of the far right. Although
some have gained large followings because of their
positions, none has so far been able to break through
into actually forming or controlling a government. The
Italian bill against illegal immigrants may help make
immigration restriction politically respectable—and
politically irresistible.

Then again, it might have the
opposite effect as well. It`s possible the Berlusconi
government supports it simply because the bill is a
cheap and easy way of appearing to do something serious
about immigration and of dealing with the least
defensible aspects of it—the

kind that represents a
criminal and
security threat. Once a few illegals are rounded up

given the boot
, the government and establishment can
go back to sleep and continue to allow their country to
be drowned in the immigrant flood.

Which ever course the government
intends, those in Europe who wish to see their nations,
their people and their civilization survive need to
catch the wind that is now pushing the immigration
reform boats in Italy and elsewhere. If they can keep
the wind in those sails, they may make immigration
control such a powerful current that nothing can stand
against it. If they do, Europeans may still have a
future, even if there won`t be too many of them in it.

Sam Francis webpage


February 25, 2002